May 04, 2011
Judicial Watch Announces Freedom of Information Act Requests Seeking bin Laden Photos and Videos
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Washington, DC — May 4, 2011
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Department of Defense (DOD)
seeking “all photographs and/or video recordings of Osama (Usama) bin Laden taken during and/or after the U.S. military operation in Pakistan on or about May 1, 2011.” The request to the Defense Department was filed yesterday, May 3. An identical request was filed today with the CIA.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, the agencies have 20 business days legally to respond.“President Obama’s decision not to release the bin Laden photos is at odds with his promises to make his administration the most transparent in history. Judicial Watch hopes its FOIA requests will provide a mechanism to release these records in an orderly fashion in compliance with the FOIA law. President Obama’s reluctance to ‘spike the football’ is not a lawful reason for withholding these historic public documents from the American people. We are prepared to go to court to obtain this information,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.